AUBURN – One swing of Preston Overbey’s bat was all it took Friday night at Plainsman Park.
Garrett Cooper hits his seventh home run of the season against Ole Miss/Todd Van Emst photo
Overbey, Ole Miss’ first baseman, drove a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence for a three-run homer in the fourth inning. Auburn, its bats stone cold, was as good as done. Ole Miss got another run in the sixth and two more in the ninth, one coming when Will Jamison scored from second on a wild pitch, and went on to a 6-1 victory.
Garrett Cooper’s leadoff home run, his seventh, in the bottom of the fourth was Auburn’s only run.
The loss was the Tigers’ fourth in their last five games and they fell to o25-19 overall and 7-15 in the SEC. No. 18 Ole Miss to 33-14 and 12-10.
Auburn will send ace Michael O’Neal to the mound Saturday at 2:15 in an effort to even the series.
“The thing is these guys have to understand it can turn around so quickly,” Pawlowski. “I know they believe that. I just want to see our offense have some success and gain some confidence.”
Auburn’s offense fell deeper into a slump that threatens that has taken away almost all hope of an NCAA regional and even has put making the 12-team Southeastern Conference Tournament in jeopardy.
How bad has it gotten:
* Ryan Tella, the leadoff hitter and an All-SEC centerfielder and 11th-round draft pick last season, is 0-for-20 in the last five games.
* Auburn has scored two or fewer runs in 12 of 22 SEC games
* Auburn has scored 13 runs in its last eight games and three runs in its last four losses.
Friday night, the Tigers were outhit 14-5 by Ole Miss and had few answers for Rebels’ starter Bobby Wahl, who gave up four hits, struck out five and walked two in eight innings.
Auburn starter Conner Kendrick gave up four runs on 10 hits in six innings. Trey Cochran-Gill gave up two runs on three hits in going the final three.
“I thought Conner did a very good job, but unfortunately he left one ball out over the plate and the guy put a good swing on it,” Auburn coach John Pawlowski said. “Unfortunately, when you are not doing a lot offensively, one pitch can be the difference. It was tonight.”